Sunday, April 26, 2015

Inspiring Ideas to Overcome the Blank Page

Edie here. I'm excited to announce the newest member of The Write Conversation blogging team. I know you all have already been inspired and encouraged by Brenda McGraw and now we'll be hearing from her regularly!

Inspiring Ideas to Overcome the Blank Page
by Brenda McGraw @BrendaMMcGraw

The achievements of the tomorrows in our life are many times paralyzed by a lack of inspiration that prevents us from effectively moving forward.

We get stuck.

Many times we want to experience the finality of what we are moving towards without taking the steps to get there.

We must somehow get past the silence in our mind that is paralyzing us.

For example, you’ve been asked to write a guest post and all of a sudden you have a blank page staring you in the face and no idea where to begin.

Some call it “writer’s block.” 
In lieu of praying, preparing or planning your message, you minimize Microsoft Word or Scrivener on your computer and quit. Or maybe you go look at Facebook for a while. Our excuses don’t allow us to press forward and finish.

God wants to give you the desires of your heart and He has great methods and designs to get you there.

He may lay before you an idea, a thought, a dream or vision and then He waits to see if you are willing to listen.

God doesn’t want you to fail; He wants you to succeed.

A Few Inspiring Ideas to Overcome the Blank Page:
  • Read: The Bible, a good book, a blog, an article or even Facebook or Twitter.
  • Remember: To pray, and remember stories that have happened recently.
  • Reveal: Your circumstances to others and how you overcame them.
  • Radio: Turn on music and listen to its words and messages.
  • Resurrect: Look for inspiration in your journal or old article.
  • Ride: Take a car ride and look at the beautiful creation our God has created.
  • Research: Look for statistics and share them.
  • Relate: Your experiences of raising children, caregiving parents or others.
Quitting is not an option. Whether we are writing an article or a post, or whether it is something much bigger and God is calling us to take the next step in our calling, sometimes we just have to overcome the paralyzing doubts and trust that we are making a difference with our words and messages. We can do it. His ways are higher than our ways. Trust in the One who gives us the following words:

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

We can do all things though Christ who strengthens us and, may I add, calls us to write and tell our story and HIS.

Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others. 

Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ. 

You can connect with Brenda at:


  1. This is so timely for me, Brenda! I'm sitting down to write a blog post for a popular site and I know what I want to write about, but that blank page is also staring at me. Thanks for your tips! I'll be using them today! I'll be plugging in my earbuds and going for a power walk. :-)

    1. Hey Darlene. I'm so glad you have found some encouragement and ideas through the post today. I know you will overcome the blank page with a great blog post! Have a great day!

  2. Tips we cal all use, Brenda. Thank you! And I'm glad you've joined Edie's team!

    1. Thanks Ane. I am so excited to be here! Have a blessed day!

  3. So good to see you here, Brenda. Great post. :)

  4. Thanks Andrea. I would love to see your smiling, sweet face sometime soon. Hope you are doing well! Have a great Sunday!

  5. Welcome, Brenda! It's nice seeing you here. :) Great post, my friend.

  6. Thanks Cathy. It's great to be a part of such a wonderful site and team!